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I am changing this page because the part concerning "chavs" and music students usually being called Skidmore is clearly an example of bad editing.
- Ha! I missed the original page, but I must say that is an amusing statement. =D Although I do personally know some - and know of even more - Skidmores who are musically inclined or talented, that is clearly a ridiculous statement. Sadly, the original page I found here today is similarly full of inaccuracies. I will leave the original text - for now - out of deference to the author, but I will make notes to point out falsehoods, etc. where applicable. -Toniskids 17:56, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
Corrections to origins of the Skidmore surname
The first paragraph of this entry up until 14 Sep 2008 in part states: "Some consider it to have originated with Lord Skidmore of the North East, others with the Skidmores of Rickmansworth [see map]."
I have been doing genealogy research on the Skidmore surname for over seven years now and have never heard of any "Lord Skidmore of the North East" (North East of where??) Rather, the surname in England almost certainly originated in Herefordshire, in the Ewyas Harold/Rowlstone/Kentchurch area. It came there around A.D. 1070 with the first known immigrant ancestor of the Herefs. Skidmore/Scudamore families, a Norman stonemason named Ralph, whose surname was never recorded but has been postulated as 'de Scudemer.' Therefore, I am deleting the above-mentioned line re. 'Lord Skidmore of the North East.' The Rickmansworth, Herts. family is an offshoot of the older Herefordshire family (among others). Other families sprung up later in in Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Oxfordshire, and elsewhere, which by nature of Y-DNA research do not appear to be genetically related to the Herefordshire familiy (in the direct male line) within approximately the last 10,000 years. There is a lot more information on the origin of the name that needs to be posted here. I have resources and will try to get on it at time permits. Signed, A Skidmore. --Toniskids (talk) 07:37, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
UPDATE: Well, it looks like I already put a lot of that up there. I am also deleting the paragraph towards the end of the page about 'Skidmore' being a transliteration of 'Scudamore' because (1) this is not true, and (2) this is not the correct definition of what transliteration means. --Toniskids (talk) 08:27, 14 September 2008 (UTC)